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boardroomtableBL Premium reports that in a further effort to bring an end to economically crippling blockades on the N3 freeway, an interministerial committee held urgent talks with employers in the trucking, freight and logistics industry on Sunday.

Truckers organisation the All Truck Drivers Forum (ATDF), which has been leading the protests and marches calling for stricter laws to force employers in the trucking and freight industry to employ only South Africans, attended the talks in Pretoria. The deliberations led by employment & labour minister Thulas Nxesi was attended by home affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi, police minister Bheki Cele and transport minister Fikile Mbalula. The robust meeting lasted several hours and included various government proposals in response to the truck drivers’ demands. A public briefing on the outcome is expected Monday. The road freight and logistics industry contributes about R480bn to the economy and employs more than 300,000 people. Last Thursday angry drivers used trucks loaded with heavy cargo to block the N3 between Durban and Johannesburg. Police arrested four men aged between 40 and 59 in relation to the protests and expect to make more arrests. Condemning the actions of the protesting drivers as “deliberate sabotage”, organised business wants a visible law enforcement presence along the route to prevent any repeat of the blockades. Indicating that his organisation did not support vandalism, ATDF secretary Sifiso Nyathi commented: “We are here for the drivers wanting jobs, not politics. Hundreds of drivers are sitting at home with licences but they are overlooked by employees because foreigners can just walk in and get preferential treatment. Driving is not a scarce skill. We have been asking for five years. Recently a trucking company wanted to hire 20 drivers and 500 turned up at the gates.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Mary Papayya at BusinessLive (subscriber access only)
  • Read too, Blocking national roads is organised crime and economic sabotage, says Thulas Nxesi, at IOL

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